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Publication Citation: The Limits and Extensibility of Optical Patterned Defect Inspection

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Author(s): Richard M. Silver; Bryan M. Barnes; Martin Y. Sohn; Richard Quintanilha; Hui H. Zhou; Chris Deeb; Mark Johnson; Milton Goodwin; Dilip Patel;
Title: The Limits and Extensibility of Optical Patterned Defect Inspection
Published: April 01, 2010
Abstract: New techniques recently developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology using bright field optical tools are applied to signal-based defect analysis of features with dimensions well below the measurement wavelength. A key to this approach is engineering the illumination as a function of angle and analysis of the entire scattered field. In this paper we demonstrate advantages using this approach for die-to-die defect detection metrology. This methodology, scatterfield optical microscopy (SOM), has been evaluated in this paper for applications in defect inspection on a number of defect types defined by Sematech on the Defect metrology Advisory Group (DMAG) intentional defect array (IDA) wafers. We also report the systematic evaluation of defect sensitivity as a function of illumination wavelength. Theoretical simulations are reported that were carried out using a fully three-dimensional finite difference time domain (FDTD) electromagnetic simulation package. Comprehensive modeling was completed investigating angle-resolved illumination to enhance defect detection for several defect types from the IDA wafer designs. The defect types covered a variety of defects from the IDA designs. The simulations evaluate the SOM technique as applied to defect sizes from those currently measurable to those considered difficult to measure by the industry. The simulations evaluated both the 65 nm IDA M1 trench and the polysilicon stack and more recent 32 nm logic cell defects.
Conference: SPIE Advanced Lithography Conference 2010
Proceedings: 7638: Metrology, Inspection, and Process Control for Microlithography XXIV, Conference 7638
Volume: 7638
Location: San Jose, CA
Dates: February 21-25, 2010
Research Areas: Metrology and Standards for Manufacturing Processes, Inspection, Metrology, Characterization, Nanometrology, and Nanoscale Measurements